Betting Early 2019 Kentucky Derby Futures

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You can bet on horse racing almost every day of the year given the sheer number of race tracks scattered across the United States and Canada.


While the overall popularity of horse betting with the general public may have waned a bit over the years, if you mention Churchill Downs as one of those race tracks, just about everyone will associate that racing venue with the Kentucky Derby.

Held the first Saturday in May, the Kentucky Derby is the biggest race of the year. Open to the top three-year old thoroughbreds, the annual Run for the Roses is also one of the biggest overall betting events of the year.

America’s Bookie, provides this intuitive section on how to bet on horse racing

The actual trail to the 20-horse field that makes up this race starts as two-year old’s when they are more commonly referred to as juveniles. This carries over to the following year when the ‘best of the best’ three-year old thoroughbreds start to compete in a number of Kentucky Derby prep races. The results of these races with shape the field for that year’s race.

March may belong to college basketball from a sports betting aspect, but this is also the month when things really start to heat up on the Kentucky Derby Trail. Starting with the $400,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park the first Saturday of the month leading up to the $1 million Florida Derby on March 30 at that same track, the field for the 2019 Kentucky Derby will start to take shape.

Along with all the betting action these prep races bring to the table each weekend at some of the biggest race tracks from coast to coast, you can also bet on Kentucky Derby futures and props at any of the online sports and racebooks currently taking action on the Kentucky Derby as the lead race in the famed Triple Crown racing series.

Some books have already posted prop bet odds for the margin of victory in this year’s race. For example, if you think that the winning horse in the 2019 Kentucky Derby will best the field by a half-length to three-quarter length distance, you can get +375 betting odds.

One of the more interesting Kentucky Derby bets on the board with the actual field sight unseen is the winning gate. The odds that one of the entries starting from the No. 1 post through the No. 10 post wins the race are set at -300. The odds for a horse winning the race from gates 11 through 20 are set at +200. That seems like a very tempting bet to place, but there is always a reason why the odds are set the way they are.

Benefits of Betting Horses at Americas Bookie Online Sportsbook

The most popular Kentucky Derby bet this far out from the actual race is on the posted futures odds to win. While only 20 horses will qualify for a spot in the field, there are posted odds for 324 horses at one of the top online horse betting sites for early Kentucky Derby action.

With this kind of range, there are a couple of ways to go betting this future. The first is to take a flyer on a longshot. Chances are that bet will end in no action when the horse does not qualify for the race. The second is to do your homework on the early favorites on the board and place a bet on a horse with longer odds on this list.

My contention is that the only logical Kentucky Derby futures bet this far out is a very small wager on the favorite Game Winner at +600. There is a pretty good chance that he will still be the favorite on the actual morning line for the 2019 Kentucky Derby at much lower odds.

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